I've got hard water here to & I'm having the same prob, so maybe thats my answer. I've never had a prob or needed to strip wash in 18 mths but now I'm putting more nappies in the wash with George on the scene
Its worth a try (using a whole dose of powder) I add the extra rinse just to make sure there is nothing less afterwards... If i use any less then i get stinky nappies, its like it doesnt wash them properly...
I thought about using calgon to soften the water and im pretty sure thats fine with the nappies but eeek those things are expensive!
Not sure if it's available in the UK - I order it directly from the US and the shipping price isn't too bad (about $US12). This is absolutely the rage in the cloth nappy world in Australia and strips smells out of nappies quick smart. There are different versions for hard water areas and the scents are terrific (though they don't really leave the nappies scented as such). My order was delivered in less than a week.
This sounds a bit daft... but when stripping with soda crystals do they go in the drawer or the drum with the nappies? I've been using the dishwasher tablet method but not sure if I need something more hardcore cause were still having rash issues
Yep, we have hard water here too and I have to put a good amount of powder in. I always wash at 60 degrees too or they smell. Have you emptied the filter lately, that could make a difference too. I didn't know how to do this until recently and it was disgoooosting what came out of there! The machine had got to the point it wasn't spinning properly and this made a world of difference. I know its not really eco friendly but I quite often instead of a rinse put them through a second wash with no powder. I only wash twice a week and I haven't needed to strip yet which would be quite resource intensive anyway. I would much rather have nice smelling nappies.
I did try using soda crystals here too but we don't have a drier and I found they came out a little hard. My absolute favourite washing powder is simply sensitive. I gets all poo stains compared to everything else Ive tried.